Oct 8, 2012 10:00pm EDT
read in any war between civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. support israel. defeat jihad. the american freedom defense initiative won the right to have them hung. the lawyer says it's protected free speech. some riders agree. >> i do not think that anybody should have the right to call anybody a savage, but at the same time this is america and we have freedom of speech. >> reporter: some believe the ads equate muslims with savages. metro went to court to stop the ads from going up after receiving verifiable threats in. new york where the posters have been up several weeks a woman was arrested for trying to spray paint over one of them. so far there hasn't been a similar scene in d.c., but some riders wonder if that won't soon change. >> i think it's wrong to call people savages just because we don't -- just because they don't live the same standard as you. so i think it's wrong to put that up. >> they probably have a legal right, but there are a lot of things you have the right to do that are still absolutely stupid. >> reporter: metro officials had no say w
Oct 9, 2012 10:00pm EDT
he and other interfaith and civil rights groups have reached out to metro. >> to ask the transit authority to respond in a positive way, not by censoring, but by working with the arab american and muslim community, promoting mutual understanding, perhaps through another ad campaign that would counter the hate message in this campaign. >> metro officials don't give away ad space anywhere, but if care or any other group wants to counter this message with one of their own and a space becomes available, they are free to do it. they have to pay for the ad. >> and where in my message does it say muslim? >> but cares hooper says it is certainly implied. >> if she wants to spew hatred, she is free to do so in america, but it's up to the rest of the society, the mainstream practitioners to come together to repudiate hatred and promote mutual understanding. >> those posters did not go public without a fight. metro wanted to hold off, but the ads had to go up now. it was concerned about public safety and adding fuel to the fires burning recently. so far, reaction here has been muted. brian.
Oct 7, 2012 10:00pm EDT
continue to nonviolently protest hate. >> reporter: the group won the right to hang the posters which read "in any war between civilized man and the savage, support civilized man. support israel, defeat jihad. already, metro riders here are speaking out against the move. >> it's discrimination, because it's not right to generalize the extremist terrorists and generalize the muslims. i don't approve at all. >> i think they should be allowed on free speech grounds, but i think it's irresponsible. >> it's kind of a big thing to call somebody a savage, but this is america. it's freedom of speech. >> reporter: metro went to court after receiving what it called very fbi threats over -- verifiable threats over the poster. there is a fear that free speech or not, the ads could trigger more violence. >> even though you have the right to say it, doesn't mean you have to say it. >> i believe even though it might be going up in the d.c. area, other countries internationally look at the united states and be like, why are you allowing your people to do this? >> a metro spokeswoman says the posters will